Fibromyalgia and the Invisible Diseases

presented by Ruth Werner

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Fibromyalgia is the second most common diagnosis of musculoskeletal pain, but its etiology remains elusive. Furthermore, it overlaps several other conditions, leading to confusing signs and contradictory treatment options. This class covers the definition, demographics, etiology, signs and symptoms, treatment options, and role of massage for the following: fibromyalgia, myofascial pain syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and other common comorbities.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Ruth Werner, BCTMB

    Ruth Werner, BCTMB

    Ruth Werner is Board Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (BCTMB), and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association, the International Fascia Research Society, and the Alliance for Massage Therapy Education. She has written numerous articles for massage trade journals and several books on subjects ranging from ethics to pharmacology. Ruth Werner is the author of the textbook, A Massage Therapist's Guide to Pathology, and writes a column for Massage and Bodywork Magazine called Pathology Perspectives.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

  1. Fibromyalgia

    1. Fibromyalgia

    In the first chapter of this course, Ruth Werner defines fibromyalgia and identifies the populations at risk for the condition. The participant will learn about the factors of fibromyalgia, including HPA axis dysregulation, sleep disorder, neurotransmitter imbalances, tender points, and central sensitization. They will explore aspects of fibromyalgia, including seven major signs and symptoms, current diagnostic procedures, consequences of living in chronic pain, and common treatment regimens.

  2. Myofacial Pain Syndrome

    2. Myofacial Pain Syndrome

    The participant will learn the definition of Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS). Ruth Werner explains the trigger points and symptoms of trigger points and describes how manual therapy may treat tender points. She compares and contrasts fibromyalgia and MPS for the participant.

  3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

    In this chapter, Ruth Werner defines Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and provides two alternate labels for it. She lists three probable factors in the development of CFS and explores nine common signs and symptoms of CFS. The participant will learn about the common treatment regimens for CFS

  4. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    4. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

    In this chapter, the participant will learn to define Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and identify the populations most at risk for IBS. Ruth Werner describes the three main factors in IBS symptom development and common treatment regimens for IBS.

  5. Other Common Comorbidities

    5. Other Common Comorbidities

    In this final chapter, the participant will learn to appreciate the overlapping nature of the conditions discussed throughout the course. Ruth Werner traces these conditions to CNS issues and central sensitization. The participant will learn how to strategize to deliver the best care for clients who live with these conditions.